Millions of people across the globe witnessed the moment Smith slapped Rock for making a joke about his wife's hair loss, but with the cameras focused on the two actors not many have seen the way Pinkett Smith herself reacted.
Though the footage was filmed from behind, only capturing the back of Pinkett Smith, she appeared to lean forward and laugh as Rock responded to the slap by saying: "Will Smith just smacked the sh*t out of me."
She looked over at her husband as he continued to take his anger out on Rock, telling him to 'keep [his] wife's name out of [his] f*****g mouth'.
She appeared to monitor Rock's reaction to the scene as she turned to face him, but appeared to clap her hands and laugh a second time when the comedian described the altercation as the 'greatest night in the history of television'.
It's unclear who originally captured and shared the footage of Jada at the Oscars, but it has since been shared far and wide online, racking up thousands of comments after getting more than 73,000 views on Twitter.
Following the events, Pinkett Smith broke her silence with an Instagram post which simply read: "This is a season for healing and I'm here for it."
Rock is yet to comment publicly on the events, but Smith expressed regret for the way he responded to Rock's joke by issuing an apology on Instagram.
"Violence in all of its forms is poisonous and destructive. My behaviour at last night’s Academy Awards was unacceptable and inexcusable. Jokes at my expense are part of the job, but a joke about Jada’s medical condition was too much for me to bear and I reacted emotionally," Smith wrote.
“I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris. I was out of line and I was wrong. I am embarrassed and my actions were not indicative of the man I want to be. There is no place for violence in a world of love and kindness," he continued.
Rock's 'G.I Jane' joke towards Jada referred to a 1997 action film starring Demi Moore as Jordan O'Neil, a woman who becomes the first to go through Navy Seal training and shaves her head in the process.
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